Concrete delivery, tools and general worksite etiquette

Trades on a worksite can have been on the job for a long time or only just started. But whether it’s the concrete delivery person or a first year apprentice chippie, everyone’s expected to follow the rules and regulations.

 

  • Show up on time

Clients, colleagues, and the work that’s getting done rely on the trades showing up on time. There’s horror stories out there from clients about their plumber/chipper/supplier not showing up at the agreed time.

Doing this on the worksite for a large project is a big mistake. Trades that rely on certain materials need them delivered on time. This is why pipe, timber, and concrete delivery is scheduled weeks in advance. The materials are delivered on time and the trades on site can get straight to work.

 

  • Don’t use what’s not yours

Trades need their tools. The concreters need their trowels and levellers, the carpenters need their hammers. If you forgot your toolbelt or left something behind, don’t just borrow someone else’s without asking.

 

  • Put things back

If you did borrow something and you’re finished with it, put it back where you found it so the  next person can use it. If you’re using a wheelbarrow to move the concrete delivery around the worksite, place it out of the way but easy enough to find. Communal tools like this normally live in one spot and it’s inconvenient when they go missing.

 

  • Follow the mandatory rules

On a worksite, the mandatory rules are essential for workplace health and safety. You can see what’s required on the sign at the front of the site. This includes wearing the right safety gear, such as earmuffs and hard hats.

Even if they’re not signed, following the unspoken rules makes life easier. When the concrete delivery arrives, for example. If the truck can’t pour directly to where it’s needed and the mix needs to get moved, do it as quickly as possible so the waiting trades can get to work. The faster the concrete is poured, set, and cured, the faster other work begins.

 

  • Be nice

Workplace discrimination and assault is illegal and the punishments are harsh. The camaraderie on a worksite is great to work around and everyone banters in good fun. However, this can take an ugly turn very quickly. There’s a time and a place for everything and not everyone shares the same sense of humour.

FAQs about steel mesh

People who don’t work in construction, horticulture, or  transportation often underestimate how important steel mesh is. It’s an essential tool that’s found in every modern building foundation and has hundred of uses. Even in art!

 

  • What is steel mesh?

The mesh is made of steel rods  welded together to make a sheet. The rebar is placed to form square or rectangular gaps. Before you say shape doesn’t matter, it actually does. Rectangular sheets are used for wall slabs and squares, the most common, are used in flooring.

 

  • Why do trades need it?

Concrete mix is strong when it hardens, but it needs the extra tensile strength that only rebar can provide. Steel mesh has grooves the concrete ‘clings’ to. It’s an extra measure to prevent cracks in the slab that occur thanks to wear and tear.

 

  • How is it used in other industries besides construction?

For almost everything. Steel mesh, and the rebar itself, is very versatile. Artist Ai Weiwei created an installation made from rebar. The materials were taken from the sites affected by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. The bent rods were straightened and laid in a single room, creating an eerie, rusted landscape. About 150 tonnes of rods were used.

Horticulturists use steel mesh for various purposes, but a common one is to give support to climbing plants. It’s easier for gardeners to tend to their climbing plants and hanging garden boxes when they’re in an isolated area.

 

  • Is it expensive?

Not at all. Just click here for a quote and we’ll get back to you in 24 hours.

 

  • Is mesh made to order?

Clients most often order prefabricated steel mesh, but custom orders for certain projects are available. These are the dimensions for our prefabricated mesh:

Square Mesh: SL62, SL72, SL82, SL92, SL102

Trench Mesh: F11 3 Bar, F11 4 Bar, F12 3 Bar, F12 4 Bar, F8 3 Bar, F8 4 Bar, F8 5

Prefab footing cages: Made to order